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How to print your Instagram photos

Holly D Gray9 Comments
For two and a half years I've been snapping photos on my iPhone. When there is no more room on my phone, I occasionally move them over to my computer. Instagram came along and the keepers of my random shots ended up on the app. My photos lived on the interwebs, and haven't moved since. 

 My first thought was to make a template in photoshop, and pull the images in. Instagram doesn't make getting your images off of their app easy. So I would need to go through my computer stock pile and find them all. I quickly gave up on that thought. 

So I Googled it. How to print your Instagram photos?

The first company that came up was FoxGram. I went with it. I started out slow, only ordering images from our vacation to North Carolina and Florida. 50 3x3 photos. 25 cents an image. Shipping is a flat .99 cents. What I loved was the ease of their website. It pulls in your Instagram photos. You check which ones you want and then your done. Very simple. 
I ordered on a Saturday, and the photos came on Tuesday through the regular mail. There wasn't any special packaging.
The image quality was so so. Ok, not that great. The paper that was used is called Hiti. It's flimsy, thin and glossy. Some of the squares weren't cut evenly.
APRprints5 Basically, the quality wasn't what I had hoped for, but in the end my photos were in my hand, in print form.

I loved it.

Having them to look at was great. Caleigh and I talked all about our trip, and we reminisced the details for a long time. I got the bug to print more. So I went searching for another company.

I dabbled with Persnickity Prints but after a very confusing runaround with their website I quickly gave up.

The next company I found is called Social Print Studio. They print any type of image, but they have a sector of their company called Printstagram. $12 for 48 2.5x2.5 photos. Shipping is a flat $7.99. This comes out to .25 cents a print as well. They have other options. Calendars, larger prints, posters, stickers and they will be coming out with books soon.

I ordered on a Monday and my prints arrived on Thursday by FedEx. I wasn't home, and you have to sign for FedEx packages; so I actually didn't have the photos in my hands until Friday. I'm a sucker for adorable packaging and they did a good job in this area.
Each bundle of 48 photos was wrapped together. I went a little crazy and ordered almost all of the remaining photos on my Instagram account. Ok, a lot crazy. 480 little squares of goodness to be exact.
The print quality is considerably better than the FoxGram prints. The paper is a cardstock thickness. It feels nice in my hands. They have a matte finish and from what I understand they are printed with waterproof ink. The cuts are consistently square too. Their website interface wasn't the easiest to use, but it wasn't the worst either. I had to order each batch of 48 separately. Which means I had to go back to the beginning of the process eleven times. I'm told they are working on this. I like them and their customer service has been great as well.
I have a big project on my hands now. I'm not sure what I have planned for them yet. Maybe a scrapbook, photobook, or wall frame collage. From now on I think I'm going to make a point to print my images from Instagram every couple of months. Maybe a book next, who knows?

Disclosure: Discounts for printed materials were provided by Social Print Studio. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.
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